Review of La Gloria Cubana Esteli Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
La Gloria Cubana Esteli cigars debuted during August 2018, and should not be confused with the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Cigars that came out during 2013 (with a Maduro version debuting in 2016). The new La Gloria Cubana Esteli cigar is made in Nicaragua with a Nicaraguan wrapper and a blend of filler tobaccos and binder from Honduras. These cigars are available in three sizes, including a Robusto (4½ x 52) priced at $4.99 per cigar, which was sampled for this review. For more information about La Gloria Cuban Esteli cigars, please check out the press release.
The LGC Esteli Robusto began with a nice sweet peppery flavor, which lasted about 5-10 minutes until a predominately cedar taste with hints of spice took over. A hint of sweetness also lingered throughout the remainder of the cigar, which was medium-to-full bodied. The cigar had a good draw, held a medium-to-long ash, and had a somewhat even burn that needed a touch-up light at about the half-way point. The cigar burned slowly, taking me just over 45 minutes to smoke all the way down to two inches remaining – not bad for a relatively short cigar measuring only 4½ inches long.
I enjoyed this new La Gloria Cubana Esteli cigar more than the LGC Serie R Esteli, and rate it with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale. Although not overpowering, these cigars may be a bit too much for beginners, but should not be intimidating to most mainstream cigar smokers. At a price of only $4.99 per stick, they are a good value and worth giving a try.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.